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Raking Benefits from Wealth Management Ottawa

March 16, 2014

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You might have heard about people talking about wealth management. There are a lot of people who are interested in hiring a personal wealth manager. This is a seemingly novel idea, but it has already helped lots of people. The concept of wealth management is very simple. You will hire someone to ensure that your assets are taken care of. The ultimate goal is to make your assets roll over for a long time and ensure a stable future for you and your family. Wealth Management Ottawa

Wealth managers have lots of tricks up their sleeves. They understand the market very well. They also know the trends in the current market and they have the ability to somehow predict what will happen in the future. They have managed other people’s wealth successfully and they will most likely do the same for you.

In Ottawa, there are tons of wealth managers. They are experts in the field and they have already made a name in the industry. Wealth management in Ottawa has now become a trend since many people want to ensure that they can provide their family members a good future. They also want to live a more peaceful life once they have already retired, without having to worry about finances.

Life After Retirement

When you have already retired, all you want is to just enjoy every moment of your life. You don’t want to still think about money and how to feed yourself and your family. You don’t want to worry about health care. You just want to make sure that your life is peaceful and you can reap the fruits of your labor.

This is why wealth management is important. It takes care of your pension money. Your health care and other insurances are also taken care of. Your money will be invested in different areas so that it will grow in the future. Once you have hired someone to manage your wealth, you will just see your money grow.

Minimizing the Risk

Hiring an expert in wealth management is a very low risk activity. Yes, you are entrusting your wealth to someone you barely know. However, you will not just randomly select the person to do the job. You will go through a selection process. You can interview them or make inquiries first so you will know if you are partnering with the right person for the job. You should also read reviews and seek recommendations. Find out who the most trusted people are. You can even go for trial service. Once you are satisfied with the results, then you can go on with the full service. Most of all, you need someone who knows how to deal with you and who can respect whatever your decision is.

Yes, you entrust everything to this person, but you must be a crucial part of the decision making process. Once you have made the final selection, then you can work well with this person. You might not see the results right away. However, once you have retired, you will just be glad to have hired a qualified wealth management in Ottawa expert.

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Turning Your Hobby Into a Business

January 24, 2014

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AccountingFor most people, having a hobby is a way to enjoy a little spare time by ourselves in doing things that we really enjoy. In most cases, we get so much engrossed with what we are doing that we often forget time, as it quickly passes. We get so preoccupied by our hobbies that we end up getting much better with what we do, refining our skills. Eventually, people you know will notice your skills that they might even pay you to do what you do best. Hobbies start out as small activities that were primarily made to keep us occupied as in the case of kids in nursery or day care centers that spend half of their time playing and developing their skills. Some kids may become too bored that they may turn over to other things that might be of interest for them while other kids may spend hours and hours just being so fascinated on what they are doing.

Eventually, children will grow up and move on in finding other things that may entice them to pursue their chosen interests such as stamp collecting, butterfly collecting, scale model building and a whole other things that children commonly enjoy doing besides spending almost the whole day, playing video games. To some extent, playing on-line computer and video games are now even considered as a means of earning money. The concept works with building up your video game character, especially if it is a roll playing game (RPG) in which you continuously play, as you build up your characters points and items. Accumulating points, credits and even game items that you can trade off to other players for other items as well. It even has gotten to a point in where players with high ranking characters and premium items which they have collected were sold off or redeemed with actual money!

For other people, having a hobby is considered as a way of relaxing from the daily rigors of their normal jobs. hence, a way to unwind. It is not uncommon to see professionals such as doctors, lawyers and engineers to have other special skills besides what they do as a profession. Some of these professionals even have found the time to apply their special skills and hobbies and turned it to a profitable endeavor. Hobbies and skills are usually developed during the early stages of a person’s life in which some developmental behavioral researchers attribute to a person’s natural ability to solve problems through natural discernment. Researchers also added that not everybody has the same ability to find solutions to simple problems and that some people might even need to further find the need of asking solutions to simple questions.

Although researchers quickly said that it is not a basis of finding out a persons intelligence, analytical responses may vary from person to person as one might posses a high aptitude for mathematical problem solving but fall short on other aspects such as mechanical skills. People with high mathematical  skills often end up becoming computer analysts or accountants who often find the pleasure of dealing with numbers on a daily basis. For more tips on how to become an accountant, you can visit http://www.tipsforaccountants.com for more information.

People with a stronger inclination for having mechanical interests often end up as becoming skilled craftsmen. Oftentimes, these people earn most of their time from what they do best and the hobbies that started their interests in the first place. Most people who have developed their special skills from their hobbies and are applying them on a daily basis, do not consider their work as a struggle but actually find it enjoyable as they go about it with ease. Enjoying one’s work is simply the best aspect of earning from what you do best, and added that it brings out the best result in which people give credit to your skills.

When is it the best time to turn your hobby into something that you can really earn from? Time will be the answer to that as time will be the basis of how you can improve and refine your skills in regards to what you are doing. Getting more information in regards to your hobby can help you improve upon what you already know. New skills and methods on your hobbies are always being updated and there are a lot of helpful information floating around the Internet where you can update your skills. Learning from other people who have new ideas is always a good way to keep your skills on a competitive advantage.

How to know when you are ready to earn from your hobby? Well, you can find out from people around you who will personally tell you that you are doing a good job at what you do. You should also consider on some objective criticism that you may get from time to time from other people that are not really satisfied with the result of what you do. You should never consider a bad review of what you do as a negative thing, but you can use this feed back and improve from it, finding out the weak points of your skill or the products that you made. Improving through negative results will determine if you are really ready to show the world your skills.

Never ever think that you are too young or too old for that matter, to try and learn a new skill as life is a never ending process of learning. That old saying that goes “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks” is such an over stated phrase that it is not a practical ideology to go by. People are never too old to learn new things in life as your grand parents are never too old to start learning to use a computer. Learning new things is the basis of how we improve our lives on a daily basis. Your hobbies may never look anything profitable right now, but with a good amount of time and dedication, it might have the potential to become one of the most sought after product or services that people will be clamoring in the future and there is no better time to start improving on your skills than right now.

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My Personal Training Journey

November 4, 2013

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personaltrainingI decided to get personal training in my local area of Irvine. I decided to do this because I think it was time to start taking my weight loss seriously and I wasn’t making progress on my own. Although personal training does cost more than just a regular gym pass, I think it’s definitely worth it because it almost guarantees results. I found an excellent fitness center in Irvine called Next Level Fitness. They’ve been around for more than 10 years and they have some of the best trainers in Orange County.

My goal with my new personal trainer is to lose 20 lbs in the next two months, so 10 lbs a month. Not only will my personal trainer keep me motivated and show me the correct exercises to do, but also push me while I’m doing each exercise to make sure I do them completely. There are a lot of workout machines at the gym that I have no idea how to use and my trainer is definitely going to help me learn how to use them and which ones are the best ones to use. Of course he will also show me floor exercises and body exercises that don’t require any weights or machines. I’m really excited to learn these ones in particular because I’ll be able to do these at home also.

Additionally, he’s going to give me a meal plan so that I can make sure I eat healthy when I’m at home and when I’m at work. According to many resources on health and fitness, nutrition and diet is the most important factor to lose weight.

So why did I pick Next Level Fitness? I chose them, because they offered top of the line personal training in Irvine according to a recommendation from a really close friend who has been training there for six months. She said she really liked the facility and her trainer. She said she would definitely recommend that I go there, too. My friend is really into fitness and working out and she said that her trainer is the best trainer that she has ever had and went on and on about this place. How could I say no?

I am really excited to get started working out and beginning a new lifestyle. Being fit and healthy has a really big impact on your life more than just the way you look, but also the way you feel. When you work out a lot and exercise a lot you really feel great on the inside and have more energy levels throughout the day. I can’t wait to see the effect it has on me throughout my full working day and my energy level at night so that I can go out more. Not only that but I think it’s going to be really great for my health, too. Getting exercise, and especially with a personal trainer, will really make a difference in the long run for my health. Continuous exercise has proven to show a decrease in cholesterol levels, chance of getting diabetes, improved cardiovascular health, and obviously decrease risk of obesity (which I’m definitely trying to move awake from!). I can’t wait to get started and share my results with all of you.

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Repaying Your Student Loan: 7 Essential Tips You Should Know

October 26, 2013

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If you borrowed money to finance your college education, you are in good company. According to data from FICO, the average student owes educational financiers $27,253; a figure which represents a 58% rise since 2005. The following tips will come in handy as you prepare to repay your student loan. […]

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European Scientists Insist GMO Debate not over Yet

October 25, 2013

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European unionThe European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility has come out to strongly criticize the assertion that genetically modified crops are now safe. This is after the biotech giants Syngenta and Monsanto were awarded the 2013 World Food Prize.

The coalition brings together over 90 academics, scientists and physicians. In a statement, the network seeks to address widespread claims in circulation purporting that the GMO debate is now over.

The statement quotes a number of recent studies which have suggested that genetically modified foods are either allergic or toxic. The scientists also assert that there has not been adequate testing of GMOs to warrant any definitive claims about their safety.

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Augusta’s Master Plan for Revitalization

October 14, 2013

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Lee Epstein, attorney and land use planner working for sustainability in the mid-Atlantic region, recently discussed Augusta’s master plan for revitalization, on the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Staff Blog. Below is a summary and highlight of the key points covered. 

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The city of Augusta has many faces: some see the sweet green golf courses with fiendish sand traps, while others see it as their home, a heart of the South and third-largest city in the state.

Distressingly, the city has begun to lose its luster, in tune with many other great cities in the United States. These cities are fading due to a combination of empty downtown areas and an increase in suburban sprawl.

The neighborhoods could definitely do with some renovation. Not all is lost, however; the Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program has come up with intensive plans to revitalize this old Southern belle of a city.

The Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program (ASDIP) has paired up with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to use one of their challenge grants to revitalize Augusta and its empty neighborhoods. The project’s main goal is to upgrade Augusta, injecting sustainable economic development, enhanced transportation, and improved neighborhoods to bring the city back to life. The program is focused on results, not just plans.

regency mallThey hope to work wonders on Downtown Augusta – ranging from the 4.5 mile long Dean’s Bridge Road, to the Regency Mall and through the neighborhoods near the rail yards. Like many malls in America, Regency Mall slowly faded and then died, becoming an abandoned relic. With the ASDIP program in place, it would become a village center, while the neighborhoods leading to the mall would offer the basic amenities needed to sustain a bustling community. These would include farmer’s markets, grocery stores, medical clinics, and small restaurants – all the ingredients needed to create a successful neighborhood. During the rebuilding process, they will also add some mixed-unit and higher density housing, though older neighborhoods will likely remain untouched.

Another large focus of the project would be transportation. Without accessibility, the revitalized sections would never flourish. Many elderly or mid-to-lower income residents don’t have cars or do not drive, so a renewed public transport system will be required to ferry them to the rejuvenated sections of Augusta. The program will also create better walking areas, with repaved sidewalks and more sitting areas in shady sections, as well as pedestrian walkways and crossing areas. Bike lanes will also be implemented and made safer.

The hub of the transport reform would be a new transit center to replace an old bus transfer station. At the same time, a nearby building will be rebuilt to become a pedestrian shopping and commercial village.

They hope to improve the number of parks and playgrounds, as well as renew previously existing ones. The program looks to acquire more land for public parks in strategic neighborhood locations, as well as improve storm water management and other green projects. The public areas would be enriched by public art and mixed-use centers for everyone, creating a welcoming, friendly neighborhood feeling.

Most impressively, this project has been meticulously planned for and articulated, with required costs enumerated and accounted for. Specific proposals have also been evaluated, together with potential funding sources – both public and private. The Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program members appear to have spared no effort to make this program successful, identifying all possible ways of fulfilling their plans for urban development as well as managing vacant housing. All in all, this project stands to be one of Augusta’s best chances for revitalization – restoring its former glory as well as propelling it towards the future.

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Five In-Demand Jobs that do not Require a College Degree

October 2, 2013

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In today’s society, you might think that a college degree is required in order to land a great job. But college just isn’t in the cards for some of us. We don’t have the time, the money, or the mindset. If you are one of these people, don’t lose hope! There are plenty of great jobs out there that do not require a college degree.

The majority of all working-class individuals in the United States (as of 2013) do not hold a college degree. Does this surprise you? These people aren’t just delivering pizza or driving garbage trucks. In fact, 30% of these people earn more money than college grads. With diligence and dedication, it is very possible to have a rewarding career without spending all that money on tuition. Based on projected job growth and salary, here are the top five jobs that do not require a college degree:

#5 – Dry Wall Taper

wall taperIf you like to be on your feet and use your hands, this might be a good job for you. A dry wall taper prepares walls for paint after they have been installed. This vocation doesn’t require a high school diploma, an apprenticeship, or a technical degree. You can simply learn the trade from experienced workers. The construction industry is expected to grow as the economy improves. The average salary for a dry wall taper is $45,490. Keep in mind that you will be working in a construction environment and will have to deal with the elements, dangerous materials, and loud noises.

 #4 – Electrician

An electrician is someone humanity will always need, especially considering how technology is advancing. The average salary for these guys is $48,250. Electricians work in all types of buildings from private apartments to offices to stadiums. The more gadgets we develop, the more we need people who know how to fix them. Although you won’t need a college degree to be an electrician, you will need to go through an apprenticeship – but you get paid while you learn! Because you are working with electricity, there is always the rare danger of electrocution.

#3 – Commercial Pilot

If you’re not afraid of heights and have good eyesight, consider becoming a pilot. Although airlines have suffered recently, they are projected to add 6,900 jobs by 2020. The average salary for a commercial pilot is $67,500 (that’s $26,000 more than the average full-time employee). The only requirement for this profession is a commercial pilot’s license and some time at a local flight school. Although many airlines prefer pilots with two- or four-year degrees, it is very possible to become a respected commercial pilot with experience and a pilot’s license. The downside is that you will be away from home a lot as you bounce from city to city.

#2 – Brickmason/Blockmason

brick-masonThe average brickmason earns $46,930 each year. By 2020, the workforce is projected to grow by over 36,000 individuals. With our rapidly increasing population, there is always a need for new hospitals, schools, and homes. Brickmasons are craftsmen who work for construction contractors. Growing urban areas are where they see the most business. Brickmasons are expected to complete a paid apprenticeship lasting three or four years. They will also pick up skills on the job from more experienced workers. Just like any construction job, masons are exposed to the weather along with dangerous materials and loud noises. Make sure to wear your helmet!

#1 – Pile-Driver Operator

Are you a high school grad good with machines? Pile-driver operators make 19% more money than the US average. With on-the-job training, you can become a pile-driver operator in no time. The average salary for this profession is $47,860. In this job, you might work on oil rigs, cranes, barges, or skids. Using large machines, you will drive construction supports deep into the ground. If you’re interested in this job, look towards Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Demand for pile-driver operators is expected to grow nearly three times the rate of all other US jobs in upcoming years. This job may be a little more dangerous than the average job, but if you like to use big machines and work outside, it might just be the perfect job for you.

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Health Insurance Tips for the Self-Employed

September 8, 2013

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self-employedBeing self-employed has lots of perks. You get to choose your own hours, hire whomever you want, and be your own boss. The downside is that your job doesn’t provide health insurance.  And if you own a small business, you’re probably too busy to even think about health insurance!

Most self-employed individuals just don’t have health insurance. The last thing you want is for a medical emergency to impede your flourishing new business. You need to have a backup plan in case of an emergency that involves you, your family, or injuries that may put your business at risk.

If you are currently uninsured and looking for health insurance, make sure to shop around first and consider all your options. Ask other business owners for advice. You can use the Internet to compare rates and find trusted licensed agents (like eHealthInsurance.com).

Assistance for workers who are retrenched or in career transition

If your self-employment stemmed from being laid off, there is another option available to you. COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) is a federal program that allows individuals to temporarily extend the insurance they had through previous employment (at their own cost). The federal government offers a 65% subsidy for COBRA premiums, making this a great option for many. COBRA is most attractive to those with pre-existing medical conditions that make it hard for them to qualify for coverage in other programs.

Look out for rate guarantees and tax deductions

When you decide to buy private health insurance, remember that the insurance company may increase your monthly premiums once in awhile. To protect yourself from this trick, look for a “rate guarantee.” Licensed health insurance agents can give you advice on which company to use and help you understand all the little details. Some companies offer to lock in your rate for a certain period of time if you pay a “small fee” each month. Do the math before you sign to ensure that you are actually saving money.

Some states allow qualified self-employed individuals to deduct health insurance premiums on their federal tax returns. There are rules to follow – make sure to ask a tax professional if you have any questions. Remember that you can’t deduct any money during any period of time in which you were eligible to participate in a health insurance plan sponsored by another employer.  A tax professional can also teach you about all the different types of self-employment statuses in your state and the associated tax implications.

Health Savings Account

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a good idea for many self-employed individuals. This account is set up with an HSA-eligible health insurance program. Compared to other plans, HSAs usually have high deductibles and low monthly premiums. With an HSA, you can deposit some of your pre-tax income into a savings account so that it can earn tax-free interest. You can use then that money to pay for medical expenses like copayments and deductibles. The money you don’t use builds up tax-free year by year.

No matter what type of health insurance you end up purchasing, make sure to speak with a health insurance agent and a tax professional so that you save as much money as possible. With a good health insurance program and peace of mind, you will have more time to focus on what’s really important: your business.

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